Chamber begins process of separating from EDC

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce last week began to disentangle from the work of economic development.

The Chamber board, acting in response to a decision by the Board of County Commissioners to separate the consolidation with Gulf County Economic Development Council, voted to exercise a release clause in director Barry Sellers’ contract and, pending legal input, waive confidentiality, non-compete and non-disclosure clauses.

That would hold harmless both the Chamber and Sellers and allow Sellers to enter into a contract with a new Economic Development Alliance.

“Isn’t that the idea, to release (Sellers) so he could go on to the (EDA),” asked board member Sharon Gaskin during discussion of Sellers’ contract.

Sellers was hired to serve as executive director of a consolidated Chamber/EDC model created by the BOCC roughly two years ago.

The BOCC decided late last year to move the EDC back under its umbrella, and put the county administrator as point man for economic development.

Two weeks ago commissioners changed course and decided to restore pledged funding to an EDC and allow Sellers to at least work through the rest of his existing three-year contract.

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